PMCC making strides under new management


… Ramsammy, Lewis and Chan shine in win over RHT Bakewell

UNDER new management, who has so far organised two successful fund-raising events, the Port Mourant Cricket Club (PMCC) has continued to make strides with its developmental drive on and off the field of play in the Ancient County of Berbice.Last Sunday, the PMCC faced their neighbours in the much-fancied Rose Hall Town Bakewell second division lineup at the PMCC ground, wherein skipper Lloydel Lewis, Joshua Ramsammy and Arif Chan, who are all former members of the RHT Bakewell lineup, starred for the victorious PMCC unit.
Batting first in the Berbice Cricket Board/New Building Society-sponsored tournament, PMCC scored 251 for 7 off their 40 overs, with Lewis top-scoring with 64 (4×4) and receiving ample support from Ramsammy 52 (7×4), Chan 44 (4×4) and Dimitri Cameron, whose 34 was decorated with six fours.
They were the principal scorers for the home team, as Troy Matheison took 2 for 43 for RHT Bakewell, who in their turn at the wicket were bowled out for 144 from 29.4 overs, with West Indies female player Shemaine Campbelle top-scoring with 37 (5×4) and Ravi Narine supporting her with 21 that included two sixes.
Cameron, who was recently named in the Berbice Under-19 squad to compete in this year’s Guyana Cricket Board Under-19 tournament, led PMCC bowling with 4 for 19 and got valuable support from Ramsammy who took 4 for 29, as the home team won by a mammoth 107 runs.
The previous Sunday, PMCC travelled to the Whim Community Centre and played the home team in another BCB/NBS fixture, in which they came away with a one-run win, thanks to an all-round performance from Lewis.
Batting first, PMCC posted 150 before being bowled out off 36 overs, thanks to Mahendra Ramdial 33 and 27 from Lewis, while Extras contributed a healthy 34.
D. Venkiah took 3 for 36 for Whim, who in reply were bowled out for 149 from 30.5 overs, with T. Harrinarine and V. Sookshine leading the way with 30 and 24 respectively, as Lewis took 4 for 31 and got support from Anil Chattergoon, Collis Greene and Ramsammy who took 2 wickets each for 9, 15 and 21 runs respectively.
In their BCB/Memorex Under-17 contest against RHT Bakewell Under-17 team last Saturday, PMCC lost on first innings after churning out a creditable performance, led by Javid Seecharran and Vivekanand Jagit.
PMCC batted first and were bowled out for 158, with Seecharran, who, along with his younger brother Emmanuel (10) is a former member of Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, top-scoring with 42, even as Samaroo made 36 and Haresh Jaipaul 25.
B. Persaud took 3 for 52 for RHT Bakewell and A. Khan 2 for 10, before Khan returned with the bat to stroke 49, which was backed by 30 from K. Anderson and 21 from Persaud as RHT Bakewell reached 164 for 7 in reply, despite Jagit’s 5 for 47 and Jamal Lancaster’s 2 for 17 for PMCC.
Jagit had earlier taken 5 for 17, along with Samaroo’s 2 for 7 and Joshua Beharry’s 2 for 8 to help PMCC dismiss Sand Reef for 61 in their first innings in their BCB/Memorex Unddr-17 contest the previous day, before they faced RHT Bakewell.
PMCC, in reply, posted 166 for 2 off 33 overs, thanks to unbeaten scores of 65 and 59 from Jaipaul and Samaroo respectively, which, with a lead of 105, saw them bowl out Sand Reef for 62 in their second innings.
Jagit again was the chief destroyer with 5 for 30 that handed him match figures of 10 for 47, while Ezekiel Kempadoo and Samaroo took 2 wickets each for 4 and 22 runs respectively, to complete a handsome win by an innings and 43 runs for PMCC.